The Connecticut banker accused of manslaughter for alleged murder of a hotel employee in Anguilla has had a GoFundMe page that raised $ 250,000 for him while standing in court, was attracted by the crowdfunding site for outright rules.
GoFundMe kept the money raised by the support community of Scott Hapgood and vowed not to release it unless he signed an agreement not to use the money for his legal defense, because the platform says it cannot be used in cases where someone is accused of a violent crime.
It was after smoking supporters of the dead Anguilla man Kenny Mitchel, 27, discovered that donations from people saw that everywhere $ 100 to $ 5,000 was handed over to pay for Hapgood's legal fight.
& # 39; The pinnacle of blank privilege & # 39 ;, wrote a disappointed person on a Facebook page seeking justice for Mitchel who was murdered in April after knocking on the door of the Malliouhana hotel room in Hapgood for the repair the sink, but waved a knife, according to the 44-year-old father who was on vacation.
Scott Hapgood speaks out of court earlier this month after a hearing in Anguilla (left). Kenny Mitchel, 27, (right) was killed in the hotel where he worked and the Connecticut man claimed it was self-defense
Scott Hapgood, 44, needs a & # 39; statement under threat of perjury & # 39; sign that the $ 250,000 donations will not be used to pay for his legal defense in Anguilla
Hapgood is currently waiting for trial and the friend who created the GoFundMe claimed that his family fought to get back the life they were working so hard to build & # 39;
& # 39; This is how you make your way to kill someone. His supporters are set up and are marching at full speed ahead without breaks (sic), & another message.
Hapgood & # 39; s lawyer, Juliya Arbisman, revealed to The New York Post details of the contact GoFundMe has with its client on Thursday.
He must have a & # 39; statement under threat of perjury & # 39; sign that the donations will not be used to pay for his defense after the page was created by friend Catherine Prichard, who asked his Darien neighbors for $ 400,000 and said: & # 39; Please help Scott and his family fighting it to get back the life they have worked so hard to build. & # 39;
The trial was pushed back earlier this month after a short court hearing on the Caribbean island.
Hagood is eager to start his trial, but has been told it can take months.
Hapgood, a UBS banker who was on vacation with his family, says he fought Mitchel to protect his two daughters who had not returned to their room long when Mitchel appeared at the door.
Mitchel is pictured with his child (left). Scott Hapgood (right) will be released from court in Anguilla this month following a procedural hearing prior to his manslaughter trial
After his appearance in August, Hapgood made a call outside the door for a quick trial.
In an out-of-court statement, he said: & I am grateful for the opportunity to appear in the Anguillan court today because any court appearance means that we are one step closer to leaving this nightmare behind us.
& # 39; A nightmare for my family but also for the people of Anguilla. We came to your beautiful island for a vacation, just like many thousands of others do every year.
& # 39; We came here because you are so hospitable. Unfortunately my family and I were in the wrong place at the wrong time and in an instant a tragedy resulted in a change in our lives forever.
& # 39; We all want the same thing – justice. For me, that means proving my innocence. That is why I ask the AG to quickly take action so that we can all go further and heal.
& # 39; We remain trapped by delays if we just want to provide evidence to prove my innocence, & # 39; he said.
In a message to the residents of the island, he continued: & Finally, to the people of Anguilla. I understand your anger. & # 39;
The family stayed in the luxury resort of Malliouhana when the incident took place on April 13
Geshaune Clarke is a porter at the Malliouhana Resort in Anguilla, where Scott Hapgood was on vacation with his family in April
& # 39; I have read the same false facts and untrue stories about what would have happened in that room on that fateful day in April.
& # 39; If I lived here and believed those stories, I would be angry too. But the stories you have read and heard are not what happened and one day I will be able to tell the real story in a legal setting.
& # 39; The earlier that day, the better. & # 39;
Geshaune Clarke is a porter at the Malliouhana Resort in Anguilla, where Hapgood was on vacation with his family in April.
He says he was the first to arrive in the family's room after Hapgood touched Mitchel to the floor in the bathroom.
Mitchel, he says, had arrived at the door unannounced and claimed to want to repair the sink. Hapgood says he then produced a knife and tried to rob him and fought him to protect his daughters.
Mitchel died after their fight and the cause of death was mentioned as suffocation and blunt force trauma to the head, but he lived for 30 minutes after initially blowing with Hapgood.
Hapgood said he protected his two daughters, who were also in the room, and that he would do it again
Now, while Hapgood is waiting for his next trial in Anguilla after a first appearance, Clarke spoke earlier this month.
He told CBS that he arrived and the fight was over. Mitchel, he said, lay on his back and Hapgood & # 39; about him & # 39 ;.
The UBS banker is seen here with scratches and what the family says are bite tracks of the fight
He claimed that Hapgood refused to let him go for 30 minutes and insisted that he only get up when the police arrived.
& # 39; Kenny lay on his back and Mr. Hapgood was over him, & # 39; he said, adding that Hapgood's forearm was around Mitchel's neck.
& # 39; I keep saying: & # 39; I understand, but you have to give him the right breathing space. & # 39; (Kenny) said, "Can I speak?"
& # 39; In that same position Mr. Hapgood down on him and said, "You have nothing to say."
"He stated that he would not move, he would not get up, he would not do anything until the police were present," he said.
Hapgood does not refuse to hold Mitchel until the police arrived. He told through his representatives earlier that he feared that hotel staff might work together to attack him.
Clarke says that before the police arrived, Hapgood's wife started recording the scene on her phone.
& # 39; I saw it when she pressed the record button, & # 39; he said.
Many details about what happened in the hotel room and beforehand remain unknown and he is eager to share his version of the events during the trial, but is frustrated by the court's handling of the case.
Mitchel's brother was one of the family members who attended the last hearing. They want to see the UBS banker behind bars.
& As long as he is in jail … you take a life. You understand? & # 39; he said.
Hapgood said he would do what he did again to protect his children at a press conference before returning to Anguilla earlier this week.
The case has outraged indignant Anguilla residents who say he should never have been given bail. The banker returned to his house after receiving a $ 74,000 bond in April.
He has vowed to attend any lawsuit on the Caribbean island and flies with private security details after being warned by local police that the situation could become dangerous for him if he stayed on the island for too long.
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